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Saturday, July 21, 2012

How do we speak honestly with children in times of lament?

As members of the community affected by the Aurora theater shootings, we at Faith Formation Journeys lift prayers of lament, healing, and hope for all of the families, friends and the community.
Tomorrow we will be with our congregations seeking community, comfort and peace just as you, as faithful servants of Christ, will be as well. The text of Ephesians that we selected for the children's sermon in many ways can provide comfort. Personally, I, Brigette, have chosen to use this children's sermon with the following additions. I will discuss how as part of God's family we are loved and cared for by so many people. There may be times when we are scared and unsure but God has given them many adults, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, caring adults in the church, children's ministers, pastors, Sunday school teachers, etc. who will always be honest with them and love them. We are never alone.
I will not shy away from hard questions from the children and I will answer honestly even if it is an "I don't know." But what we do know is that God is always present, always faithful and always loves us all. God's plan never includes death and violence but always includes life and healing.
I give thanks for your ministries and for your faithfulness to the word of God in a world that we don't always understand. May God surround all of us and our world with God's grace and peace. 

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